Mailbag: When your team wants your job, personal brand, and service registries.

December 9, 2019. Filed under management 99mailbag 2

Thanksgiving week started well, and then took a hard pivot towards influenza, which meant that I haven’t had much energy to write or think over the past bit. I did get a handful of interesting questions emailed in though, so I figured I’d do an email grab bag of three anonymized questions that came in over the past week and an answer to each.

"Do engineering managers need to be technical?" in Increment.

November 22, 2019. Filed under management 99writing 31increment 2

The most recent issue of Increment came out, focusing on Teams, and I'm excited to get to cross the chasm and move from playing a small role in the founding of Increment to contributing a piece on whether engineering managers need to be technical.

Notes on Building Evolutionary Architectures.

November 15, 2019. Filed under architecture 26book 11

I recently picked up Building Evolutionary Architectures by Ford, Parsons and Kua. It occupies a simila rspot in my head as Accelerate and A Philosophy of Software Design, in the category of seasoned software practioners sharing their generalized approach to software. Altogether, I rather enjoyed it, and it more elegantly explains many of the points I attempted to make in Reclaim unreasonable software.

Forecasting synthetic metrics.

November 5, 2019. Filed under infrastructure 34metrics 4reliability 3

Imagine you woke up one day and found yourself responsible for a Site Reliability Engineering team. By 10AM, you’ve downloaded a free copy the SRE book, and are starting to get the hang of things. Then an incident strikes: oh no! Folks rally to mitigate user impact and later diagnosis and remediate the underlying cause, but a bunch of your users have a very bad day. Your shoulders are a bit heavier than just a few hours ago. You sit down with your team and declare your bold leader-y goal: next quarter we’ll have _zero_ _incidents_.

An Elegant Puzzle by the numbers, five months later.

October 23, 2019. Filed under elegant-puzzle 8

An Elegant Puzzle was released on May 20th, 2019. In June I summarized what I learned writing the book, which says what I have to say about creating the book. Instead of retreading that material, I wanted to recap An Elegant Puzzle by the numbers.